Local Foods & COVID-19 Resources
As we navigated the challenges of COVID-19, our team created programs and resources to stay connected with local farms and food businesses by:
sharing research based information;
helping clarify rules, regulations, policies, and recommendations;
providing opportunities for learning from others during the pandemic and beyond.
See below for a list of these programs and resources.
Farmers Market Guidelines & COVID-19 Resource
To help market managers and others involved with a farmers market's daily operations, our team created a helpful Q&A resource that detailed how to safely operate during COVID-19.
This document was updated in April 2021 with the most current recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Download our Farmers Market Guidelines and COVID-19 Resource!
Fall Farm Activity Guidance & COVID-19 Resource
Review our team's national award-winning resource on how to safely operate fall farm activities safely during a pandemic. Updated as of August 2021, the Fall Farm Activity Guidelines & COVID-19 was a collaboration with the Arkansas Agritourism
Local Foods Open Space Discussions
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team hosted periodic discussions with the local foods community in Arkansas. Participants represented many stakeholder groups of our local food systems:
Farms, farmers markets, CSA's;
small grocers, cottage food businesses, food stands;
restaurants, pop-up food shops, and other food businesses.
The discussions include short presentations on timely topics followed by a Q&A. Click the "View Discussion Recordings" link below to browse the topics.
Please reach out with questions to Extension's Local, Regional, & Safe Foods team members.